The section of the Manistee River from Tippy Dam in Wellston/Brethren, Michigan to Lake Michigan is referred to as the Big Manistee River. It is approximately 25 miles in length and flows through scenic rural Manistee County. Tippy Dam is a hydro dam that was built in 1918.
Considered the best trout fisheries east of the Rocky Mountains, anglers are always fighting to land the steelhead/rainbow trout that were introduced in the river in 1875 and the king salmon in the 1960s.
Guided trips are offered year round for steelhead, trout, and salmon. Dates for steelhead are October thru May and mid-August thru late October for salmon.
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